Travelport has reached a commercial agreement with Air France-KLM to enable the distribution of the airline group’s NDC content via the Travelport+ content distribution and travel retailing platform.
Agents that sign an access agreement with Air France-KLM will be able to access its NDC content and services through the agency point-of-sale Smartpoint, or through API connections.
Pieter Bootsma, chief revenue officer at Air France-KLM, said: “This is an important step in our distribution strategy, complementing our existing NDC distribution network.
“NDC is a key innovation for Air France-KLM as it allows our customers to benefit from more attractive and customised offers, such as continuous pricing and tailor-made bundles. It is an outstanding technological step opening up brand new retailing perspectives in the future.”
Jason Clarke, CCO – travel partners at Travelport, added: “This is an innovative deal which truly maximises value for both Air France-KLM and Travelport’s global community of travel agencies, particularly those with a higher level of servicing needs.
“We are enhancing our longstanding partnership with Air France-KLM and are pleased to be able to offer the airline group’s differentiated NDC content alongside its traditional content to our customers.”
Travelport and Air France-KLM are well progressed on the technical solution for NDC distribution. NDC content will be rolled out from early 2022, with features and functionality to be added progressively.